By the look of things, Atlantic City is up for yet another revival, or revolution, if you like. Get set for a return to the glory days of Atlantic City boxing! The new legalization of sports betting causes thrill among casino operators and bookmakers. Similarly, combat sports are also making a comeback it seems. In fact, on August 4, the then newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host a boxing fight. The same venue will also see the debut of the new MMA pro league in its new format this summer. What’s more is that the former boxing champion Evander Holyfield joins the list of organizer for the boxing event via his company Real Deal Sports.
Legend turned promoter
Indeed, the four-time heavyweight champion believes it is the right time to make a comeback. In fact, Holyfield foresees a boxing revival in AC. Holyfield, now a promoter, will stage his first big event in AC. What’s more is that it’ll also be the first championship boxing fight in Atlantic City after four years. The show will be held in the Adrian Phillips Theatre, and it’ll also promote the Boxing Hall of Fame which includes legends like Holyfield himself. Soon you will be able bet in NJ on boxing on NJ online casinos.
AC’s Convention Hall saw some of the most legendary fights in the history of boxing, including Holyfield’s most memorable fights. Perhaps you’ll remember his title defense against George Foreman in 1991?
More boxing and MMA
To sum up, others also believe the change in laws can lead to the revitalization of boxing in the Garden State. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino AC will host Sergey Kovalev’s title fight. He will defend the WBO light heavyweight belt against Eleider Alvarez. Kathy Duva from Main Events promotes the fight, and HBO will air the first championship boxing match in AC since 2014.
Other combat sports also try to catch the running train. The MMA comes back with a new Pro League on July 20, also at Hard Rock AC.